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Hi I'm Michael

I grew up in Irvine, California. I am a soccer player, violist, and full time student at BYU. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have played soccer since I was 6, and recently became a goal keeper. After getting cut from the high school team freshman and sophomore year as a defender, I switched to become a goal keeper. I ended up playing for 3 different teams at one time, the high school team, an AYSO Flex-Extra team, and a Gold Division 1 Club team. I helped bring my high school team the farthest they've gone in six years, and became very successful. I also play the viola, and played all through high school in the orchestra and regularly play in church meetings. I now attend BYU as an Applied Physics major, and I am currently preparing to serve a mission for the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, meaning that my parents were both members when I was born, so I have always gone to church. It is a blessing to be born into the church, but I think it is very easy to take advantage of such a situation where you don't know how good you have it. But as time went on, my faith built little by little, growing into what it is now. I am blessed to have a strong moral code given to me by the church to steer me away from worldly pass times leading to no good. I have seen personally drugs, alcohol, and loose morals tear families apart, destroy lives, and rip apart loving friendships. I am so grateful to stay away from such behaviors, and instead edify my life by choosing God's life. Nothing the church asks you to do is too big a sacrifice, especially when it is compared to the blessings that go hand in hand with every single commandment. I was always kind of made fun of for not drinking coffee. But in reality what difference does it make? If God asked me to not wear socks below my ankles, I would do it, even though I grew up on ankle socks in Southern California. The details do not matter, it all comes down to obedience. And I am happy to be obedient.

How I live my faith

I have held several callings in our church organization as I grew up, being a leader of others my in my age group. As the leader, or president, I organized activities every week for us to do. We also had meetings with the other presidents to combine all of the age groups once a month in a big mutual activity. I also home taught single sisters in our ward with another member of our church. This means that we met with them every month to visit and be available to help if need be. Some of my favorite experiences come from visiting with those elderly sisters. It taught me how to serve others, and it softened my heart to understand their needs. Being a priesthood holder, I also helped prepare, bless and pass the sacrament every week. Having the opportunity to serve the entire ward every Sunday in such an impactful way was very touching and helps remind me that I need to do that every day, serve others.